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American Kestrel - Diving (3 images)
15-FEB-2009 Tom Torbert

American Kestrel - Diving (3 images)

Central Iowa Countryside

I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND THIS CUTE MALE KESTREL
THREE TIMES IN THE LAST WEEK, WITHIN 1/4 MILE
AND HE LETS ME GET CLOSE.. DOESN'T SEEM TO BOTHER
HIS HUNTING.

THIS WAS A DIVE FROM A TELELPHONE POLE INTO A
CORNFIELD AFTER A FIELD MOUSE.. HE MISSED!!

WHEN CAPTURING FLIGHT SHOTS, I HAVE TO REMOVE
THE 1.7X TC THAT I NORMALLY USE AS HE FLIES SO
UNPREDICTABLY THAT I CANNOT KEEP HIM IN THE
VIEWFINDER



Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1500s f/8.0 at 400.0mm iso800 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Jean D18-Feb-2009 02:46
Excellent series of this beauty, Tom! Well done! ~V~
Carol Breton17-Feb-2009 13:28
These are all great shots Tom! Lucky you that he is so cooperative!
Mine at work see my driving up the road and fly away :(
Your bottom shot here is fabulous - color, detail, light!
Gayle P. Clement17-Feb-2009 01:43
He has really beautiful plumage.
Leslie Cohelan17-Feb-2009 01:12
you had some beautiful light to capture all the colors of this beauty
Joanne Kamo17-Feb-2009 00:23
You are so lucky to find a cooperative kestrel! Fabulous plumage detail and action!
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